CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama has met his own worst enemy, and his name is Barack Obama.
As the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in North Carolina — a state that epitomized the Obama wave of 2008 but has slipped steadily from the Democrats’ grasp since then — memories of the hope and expectations the president embodied four years ago loom over the gathering.
It’s a sentiment more threatening to the president’s reelection chances than the caricature of an ineffective president perpetuated by some on the right.
That’s one reason that version of the president was barely introduced when the GOP’s own convention, a gathering that seldom lacks red meat, was held last week.
“You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him,” Mitt Romney said last week in accepting the Republican presidential nomination.
The optimism that’s morphed into uncertainty colors the lackluster economic statistics that are a drag on the president’s reelection prospects.
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